Who are we?
We are Artroom Brighton, the leading provider in the South East of extra-curricular art classes for children and young people. We teach art to children aged between 6 and 16 and firmly believe that every pupil who comes through our studio door is capable of exceeding their own artistic expectations. Our aim is to bring young artists together, through our unique and inspirational courses and workshops which operate after school, in the evenings, on Saturdays and throughout the school holidays. Whether you are the parent of a prodigal 6 year old or a teenager requiring a little inspiration with their GCSE coursework, the next Damian Hirst needing guidance with their scholarship portfolio, or your child simply loves art: Artroom will have a dynamic course for your child to attend.
What do we do?
Since our launch in November 2008, more than 5000 different children who attend over 80 separate schools have created beautiful pieces of art in our studio. We believe it is of fundamental importance that our students are given the opportunity to meet working artists, so we organise regular visits from notable practitioners. Such events play a vital role in the development of a child’s lifelong passion for art. We’ve had guest speakers including the legendary Ralph Steadman, Roger Dean, Street Artist Charlie Edwards – AKA ‘Pure Evil’, author and illustrator Chris Riddell, Gruffalo creator Axel Scheffler, and the ‘boy who bit Picasso’ – Anthony Penrose. Gilbert and George have sponsored us and the world’s greatest publishers of art books, Thames & Hudson, have described our pupil’s paintings as ‘Amazing’. Banksy – yes – BANKSY – was ‘blown away’ by our pupil’s work and Ai Weiwei retweets us. How is that for inspirational.
How do we do it?
Artroom Brighton employs teaching strategies and techniques that have been successfully developed and implemented in the public and private sector of education and teachers hold P.G.C.E.’s. We have full Kallikids accreditation, meaning we are trusted and approved for family activities as recommended by parents themselves (www.kallikids.com). We work closely with a wide range of schools and have forged strong relationships with both Headteachers and Art Directors alike.
Teachers will frequently inform us that they are aware of the children who attend Artroom by the standard of their work, their knowledge of art and confidence with materials. We will guide and nurture every pupil who enrols on a course and enable them to achieve artistic results that they never thought possible. That’s why pupils remain on our courses, year after year.
You won’t find another art class where children will be creating a Minecraft Mosaic one day and a Fauvist style portrait the next. You won’t find another art class where pupils get to use real gold leaf, acrylic paints, coffee, vintage magazines, rust, Indian inks, bleach, gouache and Victorain photographs. You won’t find another art class that employs the artistic systems of some of the most cutting edge artists working today. We’ll frequently source an artist on Instagram or Twitter, work in their style, send them the pupil’s work and get almost instant feedback. It’s hugely rewarding for students. Our portfolio preparation guidance has helped many young people gain scholarships to leading independent schools and for pupils who stay with us until Year 11 – their efforts are frequently rewarded on results day with the coveted A*. All of our teaching is carefully structured to create a sense of confidence, early in a project – with children of all abilities. This confidence then propels the pupil forward at warp speed into an artistic space they never felt possible. You’ll never hear them say; ‘I can’t do it’ or ‘I’m rubbish at art’ ever again. That’s a promise. We’ve been featured in The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph and our younger pupils were filmed making art as part of Ant and Dec’s ‘Text Santa’ appeal.
What is our vision?
We truly and firmly believe that art has the power to transform the lives of young people – we’ve seen it happen many, many times. In a climate where art’s demotion from a core subject in every child’s education to a smattering of token options that children dip in and out of, it’s no wonder that more and more parents are choosing to send their children to our classes. Unlock YOUR child’s creative potential and book them in for a course at our studios.